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Wal-Mart initiative leads to jobs for 2,700 vets

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Published Nov. 9, 2015

Wal-Mart said it has hired more than 2,751 veterans in South Carolina since launching its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment in May of 2013, an initiative that guarantees a job offer to any eligible member of the U.S. military honorably discharged from active duty since that time.

Veterans work at 106 facilities in South Carolina, from Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets to distribution centers and Sam’s Club locations, Wal-Mart said.

“We’ve experienced a tremendous response in South Carolina to Wal-Mart’s support of veterans,” said retired Army Brig. Gen. Gary Profit, the retailer’s director of military programs. “We believe veterans represent the largest, diverse, talent-rich pool in the world and are an essential segment of the next generation at Wal-mart.”

Wal-mart expanded its 2013 projection of hiring 100,000 veterans nationwide by 2018, increasing the projection to 250,000 veterans by the end of 2020. The company has hired more than 107,000 veterans since May of 2013.

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